Top attractions in Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a must-see city! Set against a backdrop of a cobalt blue sea, the old town walls have protected its architectural treasures in a pretty package for centuries. Once visiting this gem on the Adriatic coast, you'll promise to return again.
Paved in limestone that shimmers like water in the sunlight, the pedestrian street from the 11th century runs through the heart of the old town and is popular day and night.
Dedicated to St. Blaise, today's 18th-century Baroque structure stands on the site of previous cathedrals. A gold-plated arm, leg and skull of the saint are in the treasury.
Located on Ulica Žudioska (Jewish Street), it's the world's oldest Sephardic synagogue still in use and dates to 1408. It's also the second oldest in Europe, the one in Prague is the oldest.
The construction of the wall to encircle the city started in the 9th century. It underwent further enhancements, including the addition of 15 forts, in the 15th century.
Built upon a rock 121 feet above the sea, the fort dates to the early 14th century. The inscription over the entrance reads: Freedom is not sold for all the gold in the world.
For a stunning view of Dubrovnik's waves of terracotta rooftops punctuating an endless, azure blue sea, take the cable car up to this mountain top rising over 1300 feet.
The lush botanical park in the town of Trsteno boasts a Renaissance residence, Neptune Fountain, and aqueduct. The two Oriental Plane trees at the entrance are 500 years old.
Also known as Kalamota Island, this tranquil spot is a quick trip from Dubrovnik. Enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters or a paddle by kayak through the Blue Cave.
With boat service every 30 minutes from Dubrovnik, the island is a great getaway for the day. There are hiking trails, plenty of peacocks wandering around and places that serve lunch.
The island is famous for its white wines and some say the birthplace of Marco Polo. Blessed with great architecture and history - the town of Korčula will certainly enchant you.
You can see the major attractions within the walled city in two full days, but consider Dubrovnik as a base to explore the surrounding area on some day-trips. This option also allows you to enjoy spending more time in the old town in the evening.
You'll only need your own two feet when visiting the attractions in the old town. At first it may seem like a complex maze to navigate, but it's fun to explore. You'll find one side of the Stradun is flat, while the other side is steep in parts. Buses 1A, 1B and 1C run regularly between the old town and the main bus station.
Staying within the old town is an ideal place to be, but suggested areas outside the city walls include Lapad and Ploce, the later being a bit hilly with nice views over historical Dubrovnik.
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- The cruise ships and 'Game of Thrones' fans flood the city from May to August. Its best to visit during the late Spring when you can wander the city freely and the weather warm but not yet at peak heat. Keep in mind the boats to the islands are infrequent during the off-season.
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What people are saying about Dubrovnik
We had the pleasure of seeing Mostar and Kravica Waterfalls via Laus Tours. The pick up was uncomplicated and well communicated and the minivan was just big enough to allow for the group to get to know each other. There was plenty of time in both places to roam around and see all your heart desired. The highlight of the tour however was our guide Adam. God knows how he comes up with his jokes but he made the whole bus belly laugh throughout. No matter what topic you throw at him, he’ll have something to say about it - and it’s always well researched. A walking encyclopaedia/stand up comedian, we would take any tour anywhere as long as it’s led by this little legend. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed our tour with Joseph. He had a lot of fun information on the show and tried to steer our group so that we'd avoid the crowds. It was nice that he also had a book of photos of scenes from the show so you could see the locations in context on the show. I also liked that he'd throw in some history on Dubrovnik as well, so we learned a little bit more about each spot. Overall a great experience! We did this tour in the afternoon in October, so I'd recommend bringing sunglasses and wear some sunscreen since a lot of the spots were in direct line of the sun at that time. Also, there are a few stairs on this tour, but that's just how Old Town is set up :-)
Great tour of Dubrovnik including lots of information on the filming and locations of Game of thrones. Our guide was Josiph who was very informative and enjoyed teaching us about the Game of Thrones information. He didn’t rush the tour and there were just enough people to make sure it ran smoothly. To begin with there were too many people and they split us into groups of 2. Was a good time of day to do the tour at 11am, bit can imagine it would be too hot in the summer months to so it at this time. Had a great day and would definitely recommend this tour.
A perfect start to our short break. We were shown all the main city sights and given a detailed, often humorous, history of the town. Marco, our guide, was a star - relaxed, funny, very knowledgable and personable. He interacted so well with everything in the group-young and not so young! The supplied headset meant that you could hear clearly everything being described. A highly recommended tour for all ages
The pick up was initially a bit confusing but after this, the trip came in to its own. Free flowing drink (soft and alcoholic) with a simple but delicious lunch all served by the crew who were great and very friendly. A great day out visiting three of the islands with plenty of time to explore and enjoy the facilities of each.